First Look at Jessa and Jill Duggar on TLC’s ‘Counting On’

First Look at Jessa and Jill Duggar on TLC’s ‘Counting On’ October 19, 2015

About an hour ago The Learning Channel shared the first look video on the new Duggar television show ‘Counting On’. The show will be focusing on missionary wanna-bes, Jill Duggar Dillard and her husband Derick Dillard and her sister Jessa Duggar Seawald and her husband and all around Jim Bob Duggar go-fer Ben Seawald.

What struck me the most about this video snippet, besides the fact that Jill is crying again over the actions of her brother Josh, is Jessa Duggar Seawald’s lips. I kept staring and rewatching in horrified fascination because it looks to me like someone has had lip filler injections. Please, someone tell me this is just my imagination, pretty pretty please?

What is also not known is how TLC is going to get advertisers for this show. Most of the same companies that actively advertised on their old show ’19 Kids & Counting’ have stated that they will not be buying advertising time on the spin-off.

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  • That_Susan

    “I kept staring and rewatching in horrified fascination because it looks to me like someone has had lip filler injections. Please, someone tell me this is just my imagination, pretty pretty please?”

    Okay…it’s just your imagination, Suze. Feel better now? 🙂

  • Portia McGonagal

    I’m sure she just kissed a bee’s nest.

  • persephone

    I had recorded whatever I was watching, so I fast forwarded through it, but all I saw was crying, lots of crying. Ugh.
    I’m quite positive that we will end up seeing the same facial transformation in the older Duggar women, as we saw in Bristol Palin.

  • That_Susan

    What a relief! And there I was, thinking this was one seriously screwed-up family…

  • Abigail Smith

    That was disturbing. What does she mean that they still cry about it? About the molestation (which they claim they are over) or the Ashley Madison scandal? Or is it the fact that the family TV show is over? But now they have a new show…what have they done that’s special…lots of people have had babies…now if they were someone putting a spin to really really help abuse survivors that might be different.
    I think this is offensive to anyone who’s ever been abused in any way by a family member. When the first scandal came out in May, it was a trigger for me, having been abused by my mother (physically and verbally), because of the way they handled it all…you MUST be cheery and forgive….There is a huge difference between forgiving someone who is truly repentant and who is not….and reconciling is different than forgiving, too.
    I also think it’s highly offensive to Anna..unless of course they using the money to support her and the kids. Yeah, right.

  • Portia McGonagal

    Both things can be true lol

  • iseefishtanks

    No, I don’t think it’s your imagination.

    So what are they crying about, exactly? I can’t really tell.

  • Mel

    Yup. Totes normal to hold a blanket between your pregnant stomach and the camera. Because pregnant stomach is known for causing sexual desire. That’s not creepy at all.

    What part of this is supposed to rehab the Duggar brand?

  • Where do they get the money for lip injections? I didn’t think Mr. Seewald had a job, and heaven knows Jessa doesn’t work. Except for Instagramming and her wonderful speeches at women’s conferences. But that’s apparently totes not working outside the home-because we all know that’s forbidden for wimenz.

  • brbr2424

    Hey now, that was necessary dental surgery. The Duggar girls are ahead of the curve because they started out with chins.

  • pl1224

    Mee-OW! You just hit that one out of the park!!! 🙂

  • Kitty

    Jessa is a full-on reality TV whore who will never be happy without a camera following her around. Cry, cry… Oh! Exciting things happening in this season of life!

    And, yes, her lips look freaky.

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    TBH, I think it’s just part of her pregnancy swell – you know how lots of women get puffy and bloaty when they have their period? Pregnancy does something similar for some women.

    Now, if she shows up with noticeably fuller lips and she’s not pregnant and hasn’t been for a few months, then there might be some cosmetic surgery shenanigans going on. 🙂

  • SAO

    I don’t get the lip filler. It looks bad and she was an attractive woman without it. What I find interesting is the Jessa is smile, smile, smile. You wonder what she’s really thinking. Does she know?

  • Saraquill

    Will being on TV again exacerbate the Dillard’s missionary funding scandal?

  • Nea

    I would not be shocked to hear that they’ve got credit card debt, Gothard teachings notwithstanding.

  • Nea

    She’s been told to smile all her life Or Else. I doubt she has any other facial expression reguardless of how she actually feels. This is, after all, someone whose virginity was publicly sold to someone she is at best lukewarm about for TV ratings… with a bright smile all the way.

  • Mel

    I have an alternative hypothesis about Jessa’s lips. To me, her lips look very puffy in the “interview” sections and not nearly as puffy in the “candid family” interactions.

    I think what happened is that Jessa – or a make-up person – made a questionable choice about using high-gloss lip color in an artificially lighted area. I think Jessa’s lips are catching the off-stage lighting using to keep Jessa and Jill spot-lighted during the interview section. (If you watch, the lights cause bright/washed out spots to appear in roughly the same places on Jill’s lips. The difference is that Jill has a matte lipstick on so that not nearly as much light is reflected compared to Jessa’s shiny lips.) The lighting from different angles can cause all sorts of strange visual effects to happen especially on film.

    I’m kind of surprised that no-one did a make-up check before filming. With a touch of translucent powder, Jessa’s lips would look full, but normal like they do in the remaining “candid” photos.

  • SAO

    Lip injections are cheap and how much did the adult members get paid? I’m sure they had to sign a contract.

  • BondGurl7

    I don’t think she’s had lip injections. Her lips have always appeared fuller, like Angelina Jolie’s. But I do think she loves herself a bit much, though she tries to hide in false humility.

  • Mel

    I tend to have a dark/sardonic side. My feeling was that Jill was crying on camera because someone (PR firm? TLC director?) informed her that most Americans find the Duggar reaction to abuse of “Everything is totes fine!” creepy.

    In reality, I suspect when it was being filmed someone off-camera was giving her questions to answer because talking into a camera cold-turkey is not an easy skill to acquire. It also explains why she didn’t explain what “it” was – she was responding to a question like “How has your life been since (Josh’s molestation of you became public; your brother was found to be on Ashley Madison; you lost the TV show). I was interviewed several times for the school I worked at previously. It took me a lot of practice to be able to talk smoothly and work the question of interest into my response without sounding canned. That’s where a good editor and director make a huge difference.

    (Actually, after watching the trailer, I’m questioning TLC’s commitment to the “new” show. A possible make-up goof and poor editing choices do not seem to support having sent their best people to this endeavor.)

    If either/both of them want to continue in TV, they both should invest in a public speaking course at a local community college. A good instructor could help both of them learn to speak more smoothly and with a little bit of polish without losing the appearance of spontaneous answers.

  • Antoinette Herrera

    Here’s hoping this show goes the way of Kate Plus 8: into the dustbin, with a whimper.

  • Abigail Smith

    But there are pagans at the community college, LOL!!!

  • BondGurl7

    I wonder if Jessa and Ben will go back to “wanting to adopt” after they have met the 2-year minimum requirement or whatever, or if by that time, they will have moved on to just constantly being pregnant.

  • RustyRed

    Jessa’s possible lip fillers honor the lord, just like her heavy eyeliner, chemical hair perm treatments, excessive heat styling, and skin-tight modesty wear.

  • RustyRed

    They’re crying about losing that reality TV gravy train. You know – the one they’re entitled to because their parents birthed many children.

  • RustyRed

    They cry about how unfair it is that their family lost their reality TV show income.

  • RustyRed

    Derick already had appearance-altering face surgery. The women chemically alter their hair and paint on different faces. Why wouldn’t they go full nosejob?

  • RustyRed

    Ben probably wanted her to have bigger DSLs. To honor their marriage.

  • RustyRed

    Unemployed, uneducated, cult freaks should not be awarded additional children to damage and endanger.

  • BondGurl7

    Oh, I agree. I was just wondering if they’d do the work to try and adopt, now that they have discovered it’s much easier to do it the “natural” way. At least for them, anyway.

  • BondGurl7

    I agree. When I was pregnant, I retained alot of water and it’s very noticeable in pictures how much fuller my face looked.

  • Nea

    If they keep asking for money and keep being seen not being missionaries, yes.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    For a while, there was a trend of fundies adopting kids from African countries where there was a lot of shadiness and little regulation in the adoption system. Is that still a thing? If so, I wouldn’t put it past them to try that, if domestic adoption would be too difficult.

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    I can retain as much as 5lbs in water weight during my periods, typically it’s more like 2lbs but has gone higher depending on how much salt has been part of my diet and other mysterious factors . Puffy doesn’t begin to describe that dreadful situation, and there have been pictures of me during such times that had to be destroyed, buried, dug up and burned then scattered at sea. 😉

  • B.E. Miller

    And lesbians at the community college! And liberals and feminists!

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    LMAO! I’m taking Spanish classes at the local community college and one of the kids sitting near me is a homeschooler. We’re all corrupting him. He’s gone from church slacks and polo shirts to now wearing jeans and graphic tees. Community colleges – dens of sinful iniquity seducing away good homeschooled kids.

  • B.E. Miller

    Corrupt him well!

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Teaching him about the powers of tequila on the ability to dance now..

  • Astrin Ymris

    A lot of countries have closed down their international adoption programs over such corruption… which usually results in a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth from PAPs who didn’t get “their” kids out of the country before the shutdown. It’s kind of funny to watch diehard neo-libertarians demanding that the U.S. government “make” other countries violate their own child welfare laws.

    Apparently, they don’t get the concept of “sovereign country”– or at least not if the country in question is in Africa. Black people can’t be governing themselves without white people’s permission!/sarc